Saturday, October 22, 2011

LadyArse has moved

You can now access the new site at www.ladyarse.com.

I will continue to update this site for the next week or so, but please update your bookmarks and rss feeds.

If you have any problems accesing the new site, please let me know.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Arsenal take the Carling Cup seriously, but not THAT seriously

Twitter is a wonderful thing. There are many who aren't persuaded of its merits, whereas some people just don't get what all the fuss is about.

Yesterday, after reading comments made post-match twisted to provide sensational headlines Cesc was able to use his official twitter account to set the record straight - something the mainstream media picked up on, and Sky printed that he had been 'misunderstood' but they also printed his misquoted statement as if it was still fact.

Tiny steps I suppose.

On Twitter someone asked me for my opinion on players having personal Twitter accounts and I think it's a great thing. It moves the players and supporters one step closer and in a in age when players are so far removed from the fans, it's nice that they can communicate 'directly'.

Speaking of Cesc he is one of a thousand Spaniards to be shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or and Wenger has made the shortlist for World Coach of the Year. While I would love to think that Wenger's off-field achievements alongside keeping the team competitive on the pitch would be considered, after all, a club is not just what happens on the pitch even if that is all most people care about, I can't see past Mourhino. Quite how Ferguson made it on to the list I'm not quite sure, though it could be argued that he won more than Wenger in the past 12 months, he has hardly done much else has he?

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.74

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions.

We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.

The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.

It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

Please click here to go to the new website for today's caption competition.

Monday, October 25, 2010

No time to dwell on City, Newcastle up next for Arsenal

Common consensus yesterday, gleamed from my comments, twitter and reading other blogs was that the win in the Middle Eastlands was superb.

Most people also agreed that Sky did their best to play down the size of our win. Let them, we made a mug of them last year when they ousted us from their top four image and included Liverpool and City so we can make fools of them again this year.

That's no problem.

So, do we have time to dwell on yesterday? Well, not really as we have a Carling Cup match coming up and as Arsene has decided we are going for all trophies this year I guess I should start to take it a little bit seriously. That's the thing with having dismissed it for so long, should we win it I run the risk of looking like a bit of a fool should I celebrate too wildly. What to do, what to do? Well, looking like a fool has never really stopped me before so let's do that then.

What was evident from the bench at the Middle Eastlands at the weekend was that we do have that much fabled strength in depth that many have said we've been lacking for some time. I haven't been one of those, I saw that injuries were what was robbing us of our depth, and I know some would say then we should have had more players but really, how many strikers/left backs/midfielders do you want?

With players returning every week it seems as though the injury hokey-kokey has finally slowed down, although out injury list does contain integral members of the first team such as Van Persie and Vermaelen. Some might argue that Almunia should be counted too but I don't and have a feeling we could see the Spaniard leave in January in his quest for first team football.

Good luck with that.

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LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.73

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions.
We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.
The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.
It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

Please click here to go to the new website for today's caption competition.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Arsenal Class Trumps City Cash

That turned out a lot better than most of you thought huh?

The first half started and things looked a little bit ominous. Through on goal Silva had a flick but Fabianski made a great save and kept the scores level with only a minute on the board. It was to prove an extremely important save as only a few minutes later Chamakh was chopped down by Boyata, the last man, and he was off. My initial thought was 'crap - I hate playing against 10 men.'

From that moment Clattenberg looked to even things up as he ignored tackles by Dejong which should have been yellow cards and booked Arsenal players all over the place. Eight tackles, four yellow cards, and our midfield trio of Denilson, Cesc and Song were all walking a tight rope along with Djourou who was having a bit of a mare it has to be said.

The Arsenal breakthrough came on 20 minutes when Arshavin and Nasri played a lovely one two and the Frenchman slammed the ball home. Up to that point Arshavin had looked his usual lazy and laboured self, but as we know, he can, and most often will, pop up with an integral pass or goal.

The assist from the Russian seemed to fire him up as not long after he was found covering left back admirable as Clichy struggled to recover from a foray to the centre-forward position. Quite what he was thinking I'm not too sure.


click here to read the rest of the blog on the new website (awaiting NewsNow link update)

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.72

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions.
We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.
The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.
It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

Please click here to go to the new website for today's caption competition.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cash v Class - A Man City v Arsenal Preview

So. City. Money vs Development. Cash vs Class. Yaya Toure’s arse vs Alex Song’s hair. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.

Having played on Tuesday while City played on Thursday means that we have had two extra days to prepare. That being said, they have the ability to rotate far more than we do so I expect us to line up not unlike the team which dispatched Shakhtar with such ease.

This is an entirely different proposition though. Man City at home in the league are a completely different beast than Man City when they are away (or even at home in Europe). There is bad blood between the two teams, and with the raft of ex-Arsenal players in their side, they have a little bit of added incentive to do well – just see the ex-25′s performance on Thursday – it is no coincidence that his best performance of the season came in the match immediately preceding our arrival. Sure you could say he hasn’t really had a chance to play this year, but he’s had opportunity enough (and in training as well) to make himself first choice – he just hasn’t bothered.

Mancini was quoted as saying we are currently the best side in the league and while I wouldn’t want to argue with him (because he’s right) we know, on certain days, we can be brushed aside by more powerful teams. Not so this season I reckon as we’ve demonstrated a bit more bite and determination not to be outmuscled, but it is an issue we will continually need to work on against the bigger teams.

In goal we will see Fabianski retain his place, and with glowing praise coming from the current number two Chesney (when we all thought he might not like his fellow Pole that much) it is true that at no time in his Arsenal career has Fabianski looked so solid. At the back we have no choice but to play Djourou and Squillaci with the former showing just why Wenger has so much faith in him with his displays getting better with every minute on the pitch as he looks to put his injury horrors behind him and the latter proving to be one of those so-called leaders we are meant to be missing. At full-back I have a feeling we will see Gibbs replace Clichy and while Sagna is returning I don’t know if he will come on in place of Eboue. A nice problem to have if I’m honest.

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LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.70

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Friday, October 22, 2010

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.70

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions. 

We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.

The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.

It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

So, here's today's (if you have any pics you'd like to see featured, send them to capcomp@ladyarse.com):



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Arsenal AGM plus Vermaelen out for the rest of the year?

When I head to the Emirates, it is rarely disappointing. Luckily, after shelling out quite a bit for taxies. planes. trains, tubes and hotel (on top of match ticket of course) I've had the extreme good fortune to only watch Arsenal lose once ( a few seasons ago to Villa - how bad was that?)

Night's like Tuesday's though are so rare that no price can really be put on them. No amount of discomfort either could detract from it (I had to sit through the entire match with a plastic back wrapped around my foot under a sock as I discovered I had a jolly large hole in my shoe and it was lashing down when I was heading from pub to pub collecting and meeting members of the Arsenal Twitter community.

If there were 60,016 people at the Emirates for the Champions League match against Shakhtar, then 60, 015 of them cheered as if Arsenal had scored a sixth when Eduardo slammed his volley home, this you already know. I was on the verge of tears and didn't want to stop applauding. Unfortunately, supporter number 60,016 brought me back to reality as the cheers died down by shouting 'now fucking break his leg.'

I can't remember the last time I was compelled to shout at a 'fellow' fan, I think it was on hearing some racist abuse falling from some inbreds mouth

But that was the only down side of an incredible evening. Who'd have thought we would have scored five against a team who had conceded zero in this year's Champions League before heading to Arsenal? It was a perfectly scripted evening - go five up, play a team who don't hack at you, then get Eduardo on, see him score and let the Arsenal crowd show him what he really meant to us all.

Well, all of us except the bloke mentioned above.

By now you've no doubt been over and over the match so there's no need for me to do it. I had every intention of blogging yesterday but was just not prepared for the level of knackerdness which struck me.

You all know my thoughts on Eduardo so it would feel like going over old ground, a ground it must be added that saddens me greatly, so let's not.

One other thing which has stuck in my mind has been the issue of Song, or rather Songinho. As Arsenal deploy two holding midfielders this season it is allowing the crazy-haired one to get forward more often, something, it has to be said, not many of us really thought he was built for. Song has built his reputation at Arsenal by being a wall. He is there to protect the back four and then give the ball to someone who can do something with it. Now, he is trying to be part of that creativity and with a goal (albeit from a corner) and an assist you could argue that he is producing at the top end of the pitch.

People were reporting it as his first goal of the season but if I'm not mistaken, he scored a delightful little chip against Bolton - a goal that people really should remember.

But that's not what Song is paid for. We want, could even argue need, him to be Song, not Songinho. We need him back there in front of the defence as he is by far the most effective at the role out of all the players deployed in that position recently.

Is this likely to be an ongoing theme of the season? It seems so. We are now 12 matches in to the season and he seems to be getting more adventurous rather than less.

Personally, I feel he should be fined every time he crosses the half-way line, but that's just me. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on what you think is going on with him. Has the hair-dye simply rotted his brain or is he acting on orders from higher up?

With all the media furore over the Rooney story, it struck me how Arsenal no longer have any players who would generate this sort of shock should they state they want to leave. At first I was saddened by this fact, but then, after talking to some people on Twitter it became clear that even though there are a lot of players at Arsenal who will probably want to stay with us for life we are lucky not to have one single player who could cause such havoc at the club. The only person at Arsenal I could come up with who would create comparable headlines should we suddenly hear he wanted to leave as soon as possible would be Wenger, and he wouldn't do that to the club he today described as 'being in my heart.'

Which brings us nicely on to today's AGM in which he was asked a question not unrelated to what I was just saying.

@DarrenArsenal1 asked him "will you be involved in succession review considering you have said it will be your last contract" to which Arsene replied (via @DarrenArsenal1):

"as long as I have the hunger you never know what will happen" which to me implies a willingness to sign another deal after this one runs down, health allowing off course.

Wenger also confirmed that we would be going for EVERY competition this season, although the Carling Cup would not see Cesc taking to the field, so we will not be risking players desperately needed in the Premier League and Champions League to win the kids cup. Sensible if you ask me, though I do have a feeling we will go hell for leather after the FA Cup and there is a sense that this could be our year in the Champions League. A cup clean sweep with the kids claiming the Carling Cup?

Let's hope so huh?

When talking about Cesc Wenger also said he was certain that Cesc would be with us for a few more years, that he loved Arsenal, if he didn't he would have left. I know some people are drawing comparisons to the whole Rooney story, but there is a very big difference. Barcelona is a club Cesc has never hid his admiration for. It is the club of his childhood, and the only other club he would leave Arsenal for. He is genuinely torn between the two loves of his life - his father and his first club and his second father and his second club. We understand that torment, and we should not hate him for it. Rooney on the other hand only has one love - himself, as has been demonstrated by the way he treated Everton, the way he is now treating United, and, more tellingly, the way he has treated his family.

There is no comparison.

The rest of the AGM focused on debt levels, injuries, and the like. You can get full summaries on Arsenal.com.

The other piece of news worthy of mention is that the Vermaelen injury is now classed as 'long term' with rumours circulating that he is out until next year at best, the season at worse. It is terrible news, but not as awful as it would have been last season. Once again, we are just one injury away from playing Alex Song in defence, but maybe giving his Songinho rampages up the pitch this wouldn't be all bad.

This is not about strength in depth before you all start- this is about awful luck with injuries.

Yet again.



You might be interested in reading this, confirming what we all already know - Wenger is the best manager in the world.

A look ahead to the mammoth match at the weekend tomorrow, until then, have some interetsing stuff from Twitter:

RT @OptaJoe: 38% - Arsenal have converted the highest percentage of chances into goals in the Champions League this season. Raining.
RT @Orbinho: Marouane Chamakh has scored three goals from just four shots on target in the Champions League this season.
RT @CaptainArsenal: Arsenal and QPR in talks over Jay Emmanuel-Thomas loan move - Daily Mail http://j.mp/cSiOUY

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.69

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions. 

We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.

The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.

It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

So, here's today's (if you have any pics you'd like to see featured, send them to capcomp@ladyarse.com):



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.68

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions. 

We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.

The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.

It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

So, here's today's (if you have any pics you'd like to see featured, send them to capcomp@ladyarse.com):



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.67

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions. 

We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.

The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.

It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

So, here's today's (if you have any pics you'd like to see featured, send them to capcomp@ladyarse.com):



Monday, October 18, 2010

Arsenal look towards Eduardo's return as McLeish stokes the fires

I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to blog tomorrow as I'll be travelling from Belfast to London then meeting up with a load of Gooners from Twitter so it's probably best if we do the match preview now just in case.

Heading in to the match we have something of a rare occurrence going on in that we have more players available than we did in the previous match. Yes indeedy, our captain is back, and while he may not be fit to start, he will at least be on the bench.

Apart from Cesc, no-one else is returning; Kos, Verm, RVP, Sagna and Ramsey still on the list of the walking (and hobbling) wounded. We didn't lose anyone which is a little, tiny miracle wouldn't you say?

I've no idea if Almunia is fit because no-one cared enough to ask Wenger about him. Do we care? Aren't you all slowly, slowly, slowly coming around to the idea of Fabianski?

You know it makes sense.

So, that leaves us more than likely lining up as we did against Birmingham; Fabianski, Eboue (whom Wenger had words with about his scissor tackle at the weekend), Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Songinho, Diaby, Wilshere, Nasri, Arshavin, and Chamakh. Of course, we could see Deni and TR7 coming in for Diaby and Arshavin, but we just won't know until the team sheets are released tomorrow.

Both teams head in to the match on maximum points from two played and it is a fool who would bet against another team from the group getting through ahead of either Arsenal or Shakhtar. It is therefore reasonable to say that the two matches against the Ukrainians will determine who tops the group and therefore gets the second leg of the first knock-out round at home.

Not that it ultimately makes much difference, we've had equally tough draws whether we've won the group or finished runners up.

We all know that a lot of tomorrow's match will focus on the return of Eduardo, and it is one of those quirks of football that his return comes when Birmingham are bitching about him daring to allow Taylor to chop his leg in to three pieces.

Not content with leaving well alone McLeish has added some fuel to the fire he is desperately trying to keep burning by saying:

"People are still going to interview Eduardo about that tackle. It’s scandalous. Will people be interviewing Jack Wilshere in a year about his tackle?"

Scandalous? F**king scandalous that people dare ask a player about a tackle which ruined his career?

Catch yourself on.

Wenger was asked about the sendings off during his press conference, with some of the journalists taking great pleasure in pointing out that we've had more red cards than any other team this season (while ignoring the fact that it was Arsenal's first straight red in something like 140 games) and Wenger responded delightfully as he always does. He pointed to our ongoing 'top three' fair play performances, and pointed out that the press like to take one incident and make that a defining point. He also challenged the press to find one team across Europe who thought Arsenal were a dirty team.

They couldn't do it.

(If you haven't read the interview with Eduardo, I'd highly recommend it, and that's probably the only time I will ever recommend anything in the Daily Mail.)

Of course, people are still calling Wenger a hypocrite and there is another difference between the tackle by Jack and any of those received by Arsenal inflicted by the likes of Stoke, Birmingham, Bolton etc that wasn't mentioned yesterday - that before the match Arsenal never said that the best way to cope with Birmingham was to kick them off the pitch. We also came straight out afterwards, held our hands up, and said sorry.

Not exactly normal practice in a league where clubs are usually focused on deflecting blame at best or heaping it on to the tackled/injured player at worst. We didn't come out with the 'he was too quick' or 'Jack isn't that type of player' lines which are trotted out by the rugby clubs. We simply said it was wrong, the card was deserved, and I'm sorry.

Class.

It's something other clubs could stand to learn from Arsenal.

In England, as you know, it is acceptable to say that Arsenal don't like it up them, and the way to defeat/handle them is to 'get amongst them.' We know this, we've discussed it ad naseum. But that's where the problem is. Not only do you have players getting serious injuries, but they are preceded by declarations of war. You can't then say that the hard tackles are 'unintentional.' Jack's was very much unintentional, and while I'm not saying Shawcross or Taylor meant to inflict such horrific injuries, they flew in to the tackles with far more force and disregard than seen from Jack. That was demonstrated by the state the Arsenal players were left in. You can say it was only luck that Jack didn't break Zigic's leg, but you could also say it didn't break because he wasn't as hard, fast or high up.

Wenger has never said he wanted to eradicate tackling, a common fallacy parroted by those who only read headlines. He is also clever enough to know that things such as the tackle made by Jack happen from time to time - truly mistimed tackles. Let's face it. Paul Scholes has gotten away with worse for his entire career under the guise of being a poor tackler. Today he reiterated that he wants dangerous tackles eradicated from football regardless of which players are guilty, Arsenal or not.

I doubt you'll read much about that.

The way people have reacted to Wenger implies that they believe he sent Wilshere out to deliberately tackle in such a manner. It is ludicrous.

To say that one tackle removes his right to challenge dangerous tackles on ALL players is simply ridiculous. Also, if you can point me to one single broken leg caused by an Arsenal player in the last four years, please do. As we know, as Arsenal fans we can point to three (luckily, only three, we all know it could be a lot worse).

It's strange that the debate about managers needing to curb their players really only reached a crescendo with the Jack tackle. Where was the outrage when Aaron was being stretchered off back in March? It was squarely sided with the good, honest English defender who didn't mean to break another players leg that's where.

Blah, this is a debate I fear, will run and run.

In other news, there were some murmurings that the Dutch were planning to call Van Persie up for a friendly next month much to the disgust of every gooner on the planet. When asked about it Wenger said:

"I think the Dutch coach has a good sense of humour. There is no chance [of Van Persie playing against Turkey].

Great to hear le boss standing up to these pointless friendless which kill more of our players than they help.

But that's next month and that's an eternity in football. Win tomorrow night and we can pretty much play some kids for the rest of the games, that in itself is worth busting a gut for given our injury record.

It won't be an easy match, but it is a winnable one, and maintaining momentum before we head to Eastlands is imperative.

Finally, you might be interested to know that Mirror Football readers will have access to Football Manager 2011 before anyone else on Thursday 21st October (it doesn't hit the shops until November 5th). To get your free download code so you can preview the game, simply visit the Mirror Football website.

Would you drop Arshavin? Make a bid for the unsettled-Rooney? Or maybe you'd bring in a whole new medical staff. In Football Manager 2011, you can play out these scenarios and see if you know better than Wenger or Ferguson. Football Manager 2011 will be jam-packed full of new features such as real-time contract negotiations for more realistic dealings with agents, a new set-piece creator, and a completely overhauled training system.

You can also sign up for a free facebook fantasy 5-a-side football game in association with Renault. You can pick your team, set up a mini-league and invite your mates at www.mirror.co.uk/goals.





Don't judge me, I've got rent to pay.

LadyArse Arsenal Caption Competition 3.66

So here it is folks, back for the season, and as that's a long 'aul haul I shall be breaking it up in to two competitions. 

We will have a mid-season 'winner' - so whoever is top of the league on December 31st will win a Tshirt. The league will continue on from then, so all points won up until December 31st will carry forward and the overall winner will be announced the day after our last league match. The winner will receive a LadyArse Goodie Bag, which is far better than it sounds (and you can all waste some time speculating what will be in it). Second and third place will also get prizes, so there is all to play for.

The rules are as they've always been. The funniest caption will get three points, the second funniest one and the league table will be published with Friday's blog every week. That's 28 points up for grabs every week of the season and you will find the picture published at 12pm GMT every day. As always, if you post as Anon and don't include a name Anon will get the points and you'll have no chances of getting a prize.

It's worth noting that once I've allocated the points for the week and published the league I won't be considering any new entries for those captions. You can still post them, but you won't get any points.

So, here's today's (if you have any pics you'd like to see featured, send them to capcomp@ladyarse.com):